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The Slayer Of souls

Robert W. Chambers

Book Overview: 

Tressa Norne is an American living in China. After her life was spared during a revolution in the area, Tressa finds herself taken as a slave and forced to serve Erlik, a demon-god, and his cult. She ends up escaping back to America, but only to find that she is being followed by the Secret Service, and her former masters.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .When they were seated at the table reserved for him the place already was filling rapidly—backwash from the theatres slopped through every aisle—people not yet surfeited with noise, not yet sufficiently sodden by their worship of the great god Jazz.

"Jazz," said Cleves, glancing across his dinner-card at Tressa Norne—"what's the meaning of the word? Do you happen to know?"

"Doesn't it come from the French 'jaser'?"

He smiled. "Possibly. I'm rather hungry. Are you?"


"Will you indicate your preferences?"

She studied her card, and presently he gave the order.

"I'd like some champagne," she said, "unless you think it's too expensive."

He smiled at that, too, and gave the order.

"I didn't suggest any wine because you seem so young," he said.

"How old do I seem?"

"Sixteen perhaps."

"I am twenty-one."

"Then you've had no troubles."

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Community Reviews

Gothic horror, a bit older fashioned for today's readers, but pretty good. Not as good as Chambers' short stories, though, as in his collection "The King in Yellow."

Bit of a guilty pleasure this one. Were I any kind of book-snob I wouldn’t admit to liking it, because it’s pure pulp: global conspiracy, Asiatic magic, psychic battles, love-interest temple-girls, dastardly foreigners, episodic form…

… and seemingly wobbly cultural, historical and geographical know

Delicious pulp-era fantasy with a noir feel.

trapped in the thought that the Bolshevics were taking over the World...really paranoid thinking in 1923

(This is mostly a rehash of my response to JLin's review below, but that review is so old that I felt a need to post a fresh review of my own.)

The Slayer of Souls is very much a product of its time, but IMO, it's hiding a pretty daring feminist message beneath its seemingly traditional facade; and t

This is a bizarre little book, even by the standards of vintage pulps. Fans of Chambers' macabre and psychedelic "The King in Yellow" will likely find themselves baffled by this tale of political intrigue that teams daring US government agents with a squad of young ladies with psychic superpowers to

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